Is Age Just a Number? What’s the Best One?


“Write about one thing that is special about being your current age and why.” ?” (Tiana Lopez, Zealous Scripts)

As a young’in I used to think that anything past the age of 25 was just old. Once I reached 25, old seemed like 50 and beyond. Now that I’m 40, I’m not so sure what old is anymore.

Watching people like Betty White and others in their 90s and centennial years shows that being youthful is not just an appearance, but a state of mind as well.   In recent weeks, I’ve seen a 98 year old woman break the record for the 100 meter dash. Mind you, it was for her age group, but still. Then there was something on tv where two 80-somethings discussed the fads and entertainers of the present. They knew a lot more than I did.

So to stay on track with the writing prompt, here’s my take. I’m proud to be 40. Getting to this point has allowed me to grow with wisdom as well as knowledge. I feel like this is a special age to be because of the stability that has come with the passing years since high school. My twenties were more of trying to figure out what it means to be an adult without having prior experience. Thirties were walking in what I found out and making corrections along the way, but my entry to 40 has shown that the work and wisdom acquired have paid off. I am more self-confident, a better communicator, make better use of resources, and more established personally and professionally. With the lessons learned and goals for the future, I see myself being around for quite awhile – and I’ll enjoy every minute of it. J

XOXO, Melanie Dawnn

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